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Fox finishes top in Winternational series

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RALEIGH — Wakefield High School senior Lotte Fox won first place in the girls division in the Winternational Junior Series golf tournament at Pinehurst this past weekend.

Fox shot a 75 in both the first and second round to finish with a total of 150, which was eight strokes ahead of her next opponent.

This was the sixth Winternational event she competed in and her second win. Fox won Event No. 5 earlier this season.

The win now pushes Fox in the lead for the Player of the Year standings with only two events remaining. Fox started the second round with only a one-stroke lead over the reigning state 4A champion Jaclyn Kenzel of Southern Pines.

During the second round, the lead remained one through 12 holes. However, Kenzel struggled down the at the end going eight over par in her last six holes while Fox went one over in the same stretch.

Jessica Martinho-Stansbury of Raleigh finished in fifth place with a total score of 173 after two 18-hole rounds. Her older sister, Natalie Martinho-Stansbury, placed 10th with 188.

Freshman Lily Kate Watson of Wake Forest shot a 180 to finish in eighth place.

In the boys freshman-sophomore division, Wake Forest’s Jace Butcher finished tied for third with Kyle Haas of Winston-Salem. Both scored 151 after two 18-hole rounds. Alan Van Asch from Raleigh took sixth place with a total score of 156.

The Winternational Junior Series will play its seventh event of the year with one round each on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 and will take place Feb. 15-16.